In an appendix to the new book “Please Kill Me,” a colorful oral history of New York punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman is listed as having died in 1993. That’s news to Holzman.
“I’m almost 65, and people when they get to this age wonder what their obits will look like,” says Holzman, who now serves as chief technologist for the Warner Music Group and chairman emeritus of Discovery Records. “It’s a little tough seeing it in cold print like this. Yuck. I guess eventually it will be true, but I’m working to make that a long time from now.”
Meanwhile, Holzman is working on his own book about his 23 years with Elektra, a time in which he was instrumental in the careers of such acts as the Doors, Judy Collins, the Stooges and Carly Simon.